Our December 15, 2011 Christmas party was acclaimed as best-ever, with New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation (NFARC), Frontiers Foundation and Project Amik Residents Committee (PARC) all pitching in for the food and fun. Le Petit Chaperon Rouge’s beautiful decorations included a striking winter scene mural.
Project Amik residents and FF staff cooked and served a memorable turkey dinner including salad donated by Toronto Community Living (TCL), for sixty guests. PARC President Mike McTague, our MC, kept us entertained with nonstop Christmas humor. Santa (Steve Biagioni) passed out gifts for everyone of our resident children with the help of star elf Sherry Bardy, who had partnered with Patsy Cuffy to procure them. Charles and Barbara Catto played piano for Christmas carols.
Among the distinguished guests were Ed Star (SHS Consulting), Rick Fratiani (RBC), Tessa Sill & Bonnie Johnston (TDSB) and old friend Kaela Mulenga, who brought Christmas greetings from Zambia.
Algonquin FF Coordinator Lylas Polson with Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Chief Abel Bosum.
On November 7, 2011 1:30 p.m. our Quebec Regional Coordinator Lylas Polson delivered the following note to Ougé-Bougoumou Cree Nation and Grand Council of the Crees on behalf of Frontiers Foundation/Operation Beaver.
Congratulations on successful negotiation of the Complementary Agreement to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement together with the governments of Quebec and Canada.
Our mutually productive partnership with Oujé-Bougoumou goes way back to 1966 when Chief Jimmy Mianscum asked us to help build a Community Centre in the old Lac Doré settlement with a meeting hall, a library, a laundromat and overnight rooms for trappers – called “The Beaverhouse”. And everybody pitched in to make it happen, including youngsters like Abel Bosum, Sydney Coonashish and Wally Wapachee.
The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has covered the work of Frontiers Foundation in Kitcisakik, Quebec. The whole report can be viewed on their website at http://bcove.me/t04jyxd0. The video is named 'Quebec First Nation Community beating the odds' and contains an interview with FF Regional Coordinator Lylas Polson.